Mary K McIntire

Mary Kathleen McIntire (Mary K, as she is known to her friends and colleagues) grew up on Mackinac Island, one of America’s premier tourism destinations where she and her family were responsible for making the Hotel Iroquois one of the Island’s most iconic properties. The Hotel and the Island were recognized by both Conde Nast Traveler Magazine and Travel + Leisure magazine as top travel destinations year after year.

It is on Mackinac Island that Mary K learned the value of hard work, commitment, and the role that hospitality plays in the operation of a successful business. It was also on the Island where Mary K grew to appreciate the Island’s natural beauty and the role Michigan’s natural resources play in its appeal. While Mary K’s path led her to the West Coast where she trained as a hospital chaplain at the University of California-San Francisco, and later served at San Francisco General Hospital in that capacity, it was her love of Michigan and Mackinac Island that lead her back to the place she calls home.

Mary K. served for several years on the Board of the Mackinac Island Community Foundation, sitting on the grants committee. Her leadership in business and labor relations served her well and earned her the respect of her peers and the community. She has been a supporter and volunteer for many organizations including Planned Parenthood, Emily’s List, the League of Women Voters, the Greening of Detroit, St. Anne’s Catholic Church and the Mackinac State Historic Parks, Mackinac Arts Council and Mackinac Marine Rescue.

Her longest reaching accomplishments are seen in the thousands of young college students that came to work at the Iroquois in the summers. During her twenty years as General Manager, Mary K. excelled as the mentor to many, leading by example and providing an opportunity for these young people to learn life long skills. Mary K, who grew up surrounded by some of the world’s most pristine waters, is committed to preserving that natural resource for future generations. She is an advocate for FLOW (For Love of Water) and the elimination of Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac.

She attended the University of Michigan before graduating from Michigan State University. Additionally, she earned her law degree from Cooley Law School. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. Her work as an attorney focused on Labor Relations and Mediation during her years with the National Labor Relations Board.

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